Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert entered a trio in the $75,000 Capote Stakes Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs and restricted to 2-year-olds, the Capote is the eighth of nine races. Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. Scheduled post time for the Capote is 4:28 p.m.
Los Alamitos will also offer two seats to the 2022 National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas with a live money contest Saturday.
The cost to enter the is $500. Of that amount, $100 will be placed in the contest prize pool with the remaining funds going towards a live-money wagering card.
Contestants must enter prior to post time for the second race Sept. 18. Players can begin entering the contest once track gates open at 9:30 a.m. that morning.
Tournament races will include the entire card at Los Alamitos with permitted wagers including win, place, show, exactas, trifectas and daily doubles.
Each entry must bet at least $400 during the contest to be eligible for prizes.
The player with the highest bankroll at the end of the day will be declared the winner and the player with the second highest bankroll will be the runner-up.
The winner will receive 50% of the prize pool, which will be capped at $10,000. The remaining payoffs: 20% (2nd place), 15% (3rd place), 7.5% (4th place) and 7.5% (most money wagered).
Two of the juveniles Baffert entered in the Capote, which is named in honor of the champion 2-year-old of 1986, are one-start maidens.
Owned by Baoma Corporation, Enbarr finished second behind stablemate- and eventual Del Mar Futurity winner – Pinehurst in his Aug. 1 debut. The son of Brody’s Cause and the Warrior’s Reward mare Star of Gallantry earned $14,000 for the performance in which he finished 11 ½ lengths clear of the third place finisher.
Rhetoric, a son of Quality Road and the Hard Spun mare Hard Not to Like, checked in third, but was moved up to second after stablemate – and recent Los Alamitos graduate – Kamui was disqualified from the runner-up spot and placed third.
Owned by a partnership that includes SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Robert Masterson and Stonestreet Stables, a $600,000 purchase at the 2020 Keeneland September sale, finished three-quarters of a length behind winner Forbidden Kingdom Aug. 21. He banked $14,000.
Baffert also entered Montebello, who returns to California after finishing second in the Funny Cide Stakes for New York breds Aug. 27 at Saratoga. Owned by a partnership that includes SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Masterson and Stonestreet Stables, the Curlin colt out of the El Corredor mare Beautiful But Blue won as the 11-10 favorite in his bow Aug. 7 at Del Mar. He’s earned $82,000.
Olympic Legend will try to rebound for owner-breeders Lawrence Opas and Frank Sinatra and trainer Luis Mendez after trailing in the Del Mar Futurity earlier this month.
The Street Boss colt out of the Mingun mare Brilliant Future has earned $28,000 in three starts. He graduated at Los Alamitos June 27, leading throughout at nearly 11-1.
Fascinated will go turf to dirt after earning his maiden win via disqualification going five furlongs at Golden Gate Fields Sept.
Owned by breeders Jason Hall and Stephen Baker and trained by Jonathan Wong, the son of Majesticperfection and the Popular mare Roll Your Eyes collected $18,000 for the victory.
Owned by trainer Edwin Alvarez, Richards the Dream graduated by a nose when 38-1 against fellow California breds in his local debut June 27. The Richard’s Kid colt out of the Good Journey mare Shewhomustbeobeyed has banked $28,000 in three starts.
From inside out, the field for the 2nd Capote Stakes: Rhetoric, Juan Hernandez rides, 118 pounds; Richards the Dream, Edgar Payeras, 122; Montebello, Abel Cedillo, 122; Enbarr, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Fascinated, Wayne Barnett, 122 and Olympic Legend, Alexis Centeno, 122.